Importance of Chandra Darshan In The Vedas
“Regardless of the shadows that cross the moon and make it appear less than it is, to the moon, it is always full. Moon is with us.”
These words spoken by Lord Buddha are very true but to us, ‘Chandra the Moon’ is a very revered deity. It is also a significant ‘graha’ or planet of the ‘Navgraha’. So, it’s being hidden in the shadows is not accepted.
Moon’s observance of sightings is very important to us. The event of Moon’s sight after the Amavasya or the No Moon Day is known as Chandra Darshan. This event of seeing Lord Moon, just after the New Moon day, is very auspicious. It is very auspicious and has great religious importance.
Moon or Chandra is also identified in the Vedas with the Vedic Lunar Deity Soma. What does the word Soma mean? The juice that comes out of the sap of the plants is referred to as Soma. So, Moon, given the name of Soma, Moon becomes the lord of plants and vegetation. It has been called an important ‘Graha’ or planet of the ‘Navgraha’, which influences life on Earth. In our Vedas, a vivid description of Lord Moon has been given. It has been described as young, beautiful, fair. It is two-armed and has a club and a lotus in his hand. What is the vehicle on which the moon rides? It rides on a chariot that is pulled by ten white horses. It has been associated with dew and has been called the God of fertility. Other names given to the Moon are Rajanipati, Kshupakara and Indu. The day associated with the Moon is Monday due to its linking with Soma. Chandra has been married to 27 Nakshatras, who are known to be daughters of Daksha. Chandra is the father of Budha, the planet Mercury and his mother is Tara.
Moon has been associated with wisdom, purity, and good intentions. The placement of the Moon at a proper place in our Nakshatras can make a man live a life that is prosperous and successful. Moreover, the Moon is more influential as Hindu Calendar is based on the Moon. Moon has been linked with prosperity, wisdom, and success.
Significance of The Moon
Lord Moon being of white colour, is very sympathetic and benevolent to the people. The person with a pure heart and the one who worships it gets the blessings of Lord Moon easily. Venerating the Moon on this occasion, along with religious sacrament, provides good fortune and prosperity. According to Vedas, if Puja is done with full commitment on any day results in fruits. So, it is said that a devotee, if does the puja with full devotion and faith, not only receives the blessings of Lord Moon but also of other Gods. A fast on this day helps not only to purify the body; it even helps in purifying souls and attaining mental peace.
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According to the Hindu Calendar the Moon is associated with the Navagrahas and has a great influence on life on the Earth. It is said that the Moon, with his power, keeps the souls on the Earth and makes them pure. It has the power to make living beings like animals and plants live a good life. It is associated with its purity, so whoever worships the Moon, his soul is being cleansed and purified. It is the one that connects the living being with knowledge. It has the power to free his devotees from negativity and adopt a positive attitude towards life. By praying to the God Moon, we are indirectly paying homage to our ancestors and forefathers and are seeking their blessings.
Lord Moon is the source of energy for all the living beings on Earth. People are really enthusiastic to know the time of chandra darshan today. The worshipping of the Moon also helps to maintain our health. It is believed that observing fast on this day helps to maintain a balance of cough, pitt, vata. This balance helps to reduce the possibility of illness throughout our life. So Chandra Darshan or Moon Darshan not only helps in prosperity and happiness but also is beneficial for our health.
Vedic Mantras of Chandra Dev
The following mantras must be included while worshipping the Moon
ॐ इमं देवा असपत्नं सुवध्यं महते क्षत्राय महते ज्यैष्ठ्याय महते जानराज्यायेन्द्रस्येन्द्रियाय।
इमममुष्य पुत्रममुष्यै पुत्रमस्यै विश एष वोऽमी राजा सोमोऽस्माकं ब्राह्मणानां राजा।। /
Chandra Darshan Mantra for Shanti
“Om Kshira Puthraya Vidhmahe Amrit Tatvaya Dheemahi Tanno Chandrah Prachodayat”
Rituals During Chandra Darshan
On the day of the Chandra Darshana, Hindu devotees worship the Moon God. The devotees are enthusiastic to know today’s time of Chandra Darshan. A strict fast is observed by the devotees. They do not eat or drink anything during the whole day. After knowing today’s chandra darshan time they are ready to worship Lord Moon. They only break their fast after seeing the Moon just after sunset. The devotees even do Daan or donation to the Brahmins. They donate rice, sugar, clothes and other things.
Important Chandra Darshan Time of 2023
|January 23, 2023
|05:53 PM to 07:35 PM
|February 21, 2023
|06:15 PM to 07:28 PM
|March 22, 2023
|06:33 PM to 07:16 PM
|April 21, 2023
|06:50 PM to 08:07 PM
|May 20, 2023
|07:08 PM to 07:58 PM
|June 19, 2023
|07:21 PM to 08:37 PM
|July 19, 2023
|07:20 PM to 08:39 PM
|August 17, 2023
|06:59 PM to 07:44 PM
|September 16, 2023
|06:26 PM to 07:09 PM
|October 16, 2023
|05:51 PM to 06:40 PM
|November 15, 2023
|05:28 PM to 06:46 PM
|December 14, 2023
|05:26 PM to 06:35 PM
Chandra the giver, one who is eternal, passionate, victorious. One should pay homage through the following mantras:You can refer to the panchang to know the correct date and time of chandra darshan.
Om Nityayai Namaha
Om Bhagamalinyai Namaha
Om Vijayayai Namaha
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